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Committee adds application to list of candidates for UND presidential search

Posted on 1/28/2016

BISMARCK, N.D. - The University of North Dakota presidential search committee met via phone conference today to decide if two recent applicants would be included in the upcoming in-person interviews to be held next week in Minneapolis. The committee made the decision to accept applications before the deadline of noon on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The committee voted unanimously to include current Minot State University President Steve Shirley in the interviews. It also decided not to advance the second applicant, Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, the current president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten.

"Our goal as a committee is to find the best leader for UND and where we want to be in the future as an institution," UND presidential search committee co-chair Hesham El-Rewini said. "We have a great pool of applicants and from here, we will be able to interview everyone in person and see how their skills fit with the goals of UND."

The committee will interview the candidates Feb. 1 and 2 when they will meet in person in Minneapolis. The other candidates who will proceed were voted upon at a previous meeting. The names of those advancing can be found here.

Following the next phase of interviews, the semi-finalists will be invited to UND's campus between Feb. 11 and March 3 to meet with the search committee, as well as meet with a broad-base of internal and external constituency groups. The search committee will solicit feedback from faculty, staff, students and all other constituencies before the final meeting scheduled for March 7. The search committee will recommend a slate of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education, which will meet at the UND campus March 15 to make its decision.


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